Saturday, July 29, 2017

How to Save Money on Food During Your Summer Vacation

How to Save Money on Food During Your Summer Vacation

Image result for How to Save Money on Food During Your Summer VacationAre you gearing up for your summer vacation?  If you are like most Americans, you may be vacationing on a budget.  If you already made most of your travel plans, like if you booked your airline reservations and a hotel room, it will be difficult to cut too many expenses.  Luckily, you still can with food.  With careful planning and thinking outside of the box, you could reduce the cost of your summer vacation by $100 or $200 just by watching what you eat!
Always make use of free or discounted food.  If staying at a hotel or resort, see what food extras are provided to guests.  Special discounts may be offered just for guests for dinner.  You may get a free cold breakfast, and so forth.  Do not pass up too many of these special offers.  They are a very easy and convenient way to save money; after all, you never leave the hotel property!

Avoid restaurants located right in the middle of popular vacation destinations.  Are you traveling to Virginia Beach?  Restaurants located along the coastline are costly to eat at.  Use the internet to a little bit of research ahead of time or ask your hotel clerk.  Aim for five or ten miles away.  You are likely to find smaller crowds and better prices.

Image result for How to Save Money on Food During Your Summer Vacation/couponsLook for moneysaving coupons.  Many restaurants have coupons available.  There are three good ways to find these coupons.  First, use the internet to research nearby restaurants.  Many travel websites will give you a large list in a matter of seconds.  Visit their websites.  Not only can you get an idea of the food available and their prices, but see if printable coupons are listed or review the list of daily specials.  Many areas have Entertainment Books.  These are books filled with coupons.  They cost around $25 each, but are filled with hundreds of dollars worth of discounts.  Visit the book website and view a sample of the coupons.  It may be a wise investment.  Finally, look in the hotel lobby.  Many travel brochures and fliers have coupons attached.

Image result for How to Save Money on Food During Your Summer Vacation/moneyMix it up between fast food establishments, casual restaurants, and fancy sit down restaurants.  If you are planning a romantic getaway with your spouse, you want to have the best.  However, if you are on a budget, you need to reduce your expenses.  To prevent boredom and get the best of both worlds, mix it up each night and try something different.

Eat in.  Unless you stay at a vacation rental or book a suite, you will be lucky to get a refrigerator, let alone a working kitchen.  This may make eating in seem impossible, but it isn’t.  Stop at a nearby grocery store.  Most have deli and carryout sections.  Order a cold turkey sub, a small roasted chicken, and so forth.  Bring the meal back to your hotel room.  While at the grocery store, also buy snacks and drinks.

Image result for How to Save Money on Food During Your Summer VacationBuy drinks and snacks from grocery stores.  At first glance, it will seem as if your resort community is only filled with convenience stores and gift shops.  Ask your hotel clerk.  He or she should know of a local grocery store.  The prices will be lower.  Stock up on dry food, snacks, and drinks.  If you do not have a refrigerator in your room, buy a small foam cooler and keep it filled with ice.  This may seem like a big inconvenience, but snacks and drinks can cost $1 or more less traditional grocery stores.

Outlined above was just a few of the many ways that you can reduce the cost of food on your upcoming summer vacation.  With these tips, you can still have vacation of your dreams, only it will just cost less!

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Secrets to Avoiding Addictive Gambling

The Secrets to Avoiding Addictive Gambling

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Narcotic drugs aren’t the only things that are addictive in this world. Gambling is also addictive. There have been a lot of incidences of people stealing, getting too indebted sometimes even committing suicide just because of gambling problems. In addition Gambling happens legally in 27 states in the US.

Image result for gambling addictionSome people say it’s hard not to get addicted to gambling. Actually, it is only a matter of self control and knowing when to stop. Gambling need not be addictive if you don’t view it as that.

Off course, gambling is all around us, simple bingo nights for charity, bets with friends, these are all a gamble, but why doesn’t everybody get addicted if it’s this widespread? The answer is everyone that’s not addicted knew when to quit.

Most compulsive gamblers lose their rationality and actually believe that they are “lucky”, that there’s no way that they can lose.

First of all you must know that eventually, everybody loses in gambling. The only party that wins is the company. Gambling was designed to produce net profits for the owners.

If you are gambling for recreation and not for winning, it may only be a matter of time before you become a professional gambler. These are the people who live off betting and risking. A large win might be the single trigger to make you believe that you’ll always win. And this isn’t the correct mindset.

If you catch yourself finding the urge to gamble, why not ask your family or friends to play with you in a low-risk game, like bet tonight’s dessert or who gets to take out the garbage. As much as possible, never bet with money.

If you’re starting to have gambling impulses, better stay off casinos or any place that focuses on gambling. Ask the help of family or friends so that you won’t’ be tempted.

When the addiction is really starting to get hold, it’s probably best to find an organization or a share group in your community that deals with these types of addiction. Like Alcoholism, Gambling addiction is curable, and what better cure than prevention.

Remember, gambling is your choice, you’re not being forced into it; you don’t have to do it to have a good time. If you’re starting to think of borrowing money just to finance your gambling, tell someone close to you about it and with their help, discuss the disadvantages and probable problems that could come out of too much gambling.

Secret Formula of Blackjack Winners

                     Secret Formula of Blackjack Winners

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When someone plays a game, they play to win. One of the many simple games at the casino is Blackjack. For those who don't know how to play the game, it's always best to start by learning the basics.

    When playing Blackjack the most important feature to remember is that there are four times as many cards that have a value of 10 (10, J,Q,K) as any other value. With this information, one must always assume that the next card to be drawn from the deck has a value of 10.

Image result for blackjack By keeping this in mind, one may realize that if one has any hand that has a value over 12 one will likely lose or in blackjack terms bust (go over 21).  Likewise if the dealer's card is a 2-6 it is likely to draw a 10 card which means he will have to draw again, likely causing him to bust.

Another way to make the odds more favorable to the player than the dealer is by counting cards. This of course requires many pages and charts that must be memorized.  Having a professionally written guide is very helpful and there are many different authors that have different styles and different counting systems. It's always best to get more than one opinion to find out which style works best.

Image result for blackjackPractice makes perfect. By investing time and money with online training software learning the game, it will eventually pay off at the casino.

Upon entering the casino, one must choose the right table to play at. When one observes that the players at a table seem to be winning a lot, it is a good time to join in the action.  Likewise, if you notice the dealer has a lot of chips and the players seem to be doing more losing than winning, then look for a better table.

Reward the dealer by tipping when one is winning.  If the dealer knows he will be tipped when the players wins,  he may begin rooting and actually do subtle things to help such as performing less thorough shuffles and penetrating deeper into the shoe before he re-shuffles thus allowing the player to get a more accurate count of the cards.

Though if the dealer starts losing too much money for the casino the pit boss will likely change dealers.

Image result for blackjackAlthough it may be impossible to find the perfect game, one should be familiar with how certain house rules affect the player.

Keep in mind that as a rule of thumb, the fewer decks the casino uses the more advantageous it is for the player.